Relive 60 years of supercars at the City Concours car show
City Concours – a new car show held at the Honourable Artillery Company headquarters in London – will chart six decades of supercar evolution by displaying a variety of “iconic, extreme and beautiful” cars when it opens its doors next month.
Running on the 8th and 9th of June, City Concours 2017 will be headlined by the 1950s Mercedes 300SL ‘Gullwing’, arguably the first ever supercar with a then record top speed of 161mph.
Another car to have claimed the ‘world’s fastest production car’ title – the Ferrari 288 GTO – will be present, having been the first production model to break through the 186mph barrier with its 400hp twin-turbo V8 engine.
More than 150 cars have been hand-picked by a panel of experts for the show, which will feature “motorsport legends and pre-war rarities” in support of the supercar evolution theme.
“The City Concours is a real celebration of luxury and motoring as you can see from just these few supercars confirmed to attend,” said show director Andrew Evans. “Each one represents the pinnacle of its era, and we’re excited about finally assembling the whole line-up on the Artillery Company lawns in June.
Tickets for the event cost £35 per person, but Auto Express readers are entitled to a special 2 for 1 offer and a 20% discount on breakfast and lunch at the venue.
To see more of the cars attending City Concours 2017, simply scroll down for our highlights below…
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Regarded by some as the world’s first supercar (as opposed to the Mercedes 300SL) the XKSS pitched itself as a ‘racing car for the road’. Famously driven by James Dean, the XKSS was basically one of Jaguar‘s Le Mans-winning D-Types with a windscreen and added practicality. During the ’50s, almost nothing this fast or focused on the road.
Porsche 911 2.7 RS
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Classic Porsche values have boomed over the last 10 years, but there’s one model in particular that has outgrown the rest. The Porsche 911 2.7 RS, with its ducktail spoiler, larger engine and lightweight approach is perhaps the purest 911 experience you can have. Produced in very limited numbers, the 2.7 RS variants usually command price tags of over £500,000.
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The Jaguar XJR-15 is a one of the most focused road cars ever produced, having been derived directly from the Jaguar XJR-9 that won at Le Mans in 1988. The carbon fibre tub and high-tech racing suspension both came straight from the Le Mans racer, with a 6.0-litre V12 engine producing 450hp. Making use of a 1,050kg kerbweight, you could expect 0-60mph in under four seconds and a top speed of 215mph.
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The Chiron and the Veyron are household names today, but before them both came the EB110. Only 139 were ever built, and they were powered by a quad-turbocharged 3.5-litre V12 engine. With a top speed of 217mph and 0-62mph in just 3.2 seconds, it stays true to Bugatti’s high performance values.
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Lexus began production of the LFA in late 2010, and only 500 were built. This technological masterpiece was powered by a 4.8-litre naturally-aspirated V10 engine, and was constructed around a carbon fibre reinforced polymer monocoque and a carbon fibre body. That ensured a total weight of just 1,480kg.
Touring Superleggera Disco Volante Spider
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One of seven to be produced, this hand-crafted car comes from coachbuilders Touring Superleggera, and is based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider. Inspired by the Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante of the ‘50s, this modern day interpretation has a tad more power underneath the bonnet thanks to a 4.7-litre V8 engine.
Porsche 911 GT1
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Homologated from the car that won Le Mans in 1998, the 911 GT1 is one of the most extreme Porsches ever built. Underneath the carbon fibre bodyshell lies a 3.2-litre flat-six twin-turbocharged engine with 550hp at its disposal, although the it had slightly softer independent double wishbone suspension compared to the racing version.
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Another legend of Le Mans, the Jaguar D-Type ‘RSF 303’ is one of the most successful D-Types in existence. This car finished 2nd in Jaguar’s legendary 1-2-3-4-6 finish at Le Mans in 1957, and was used by the famous Scottish racing team ‘Ecurie Ecosse’, whose colours it bears to this day.
The Hypercar Holy Trinity
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The Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder together sparked the latest argument on which is the best supercar in the world. At City Concours visitors will have the chance to decide for themselves as all three gather on the Honourable Artillery Company lawns.
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